As the Coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, is currently spreading throughout the United States, Hollywood might be doing the right thing in postponing their upcoming releases to a future date so people aren’t afraid of getting sick and possibly catching what they might have. Now, it’s time to update what’s been in the entertainment news recently.
In already discussing the news of No Time to Die getting moved from its April 10 date to November 25, studios have taken percussions and making quick decisions in doing the same thing. This would sadly mean major blockbusters are being delayed later this month or next.
First, director John Krasinski announced Thursday morning that A Quiet Place Part II, the anticipated sequel to the 2018 hit, has been officially delayed to the virus’ wake, as it was supposed to come out on March 20. He released a statement on Twitter explaining the circumstances.
If you’re like me and were very excited to see this next weekend, you need to have an experience of seeing the kind of horror movie with a great atmosphere. Now I feel bad for those who bought tickets already.
Not only that, but Disney also announced Thursday that they will reschedule three of its upcoming films in the live-action remake Mulan (slated for March 27), the long-awaited Marvel film The New Mutants (slated for April 3), and the Keri Russell horror movie Antlers (slated for April 17). Not keeping Mulan‘s date wasn’t surprising since there’s no way of making any money overseas, but now it’s a bummer knowing The New Mutants is being pushed back for the fifth time since it was originally supposed to come out two years ago. Would it be the best idea to just throw both of them on Disney+? Probably not since the marketing for them are high, especially Mulan’s $250 million budget.
And it also looks like we have to wait longer for F9, the ninth installment in the Fast and the Furious series, since Universal Pictures had it plan to be released in theaters on May 22. Sadly, the film will now open on April 2, 2021. That’s a year away. This shift date bothers me since they could’ve just waited for say it was coming out later in the summer, but they opted to go next year.
It also looks like the weekend of April 3 is vacant since no wide releases are coming out since not just New Mutants, Paramount Pictures’ upcoming comedy The Lovebirds and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway stranded away with an unknown release date and a new date on August 7, respectively. Since putting this together, nearly every movie or television show that’s currently shooting right now has halted production. So, is there an awards season this year or what?
Just to recap:
- A Quiet Place Part II– Unknown
- Mulan– Unknown
- The Lovebirds– Unknown
- The New Mutants– Unknown
- Antlers– Unknown
- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway– August 7
- No Time to Die– November 25 (U.S.)
- F9– April 2, 2021
How am I feeling about this situation? Honestly, this is depressing not only for us moviegoers and reviewers who do this for a living, but it’s sad to know the studios will move their films back when they were so close to coming out. This could also mean movie theaters won’t get a ton of business in the upcoming weeks with low attendance. Yet, this is a logical decision for them to make at a difficult time like this. Because of what’s going on I’m one of those people that doesn’t feel like leaving out of my house to go to the theater for a while, which is ridiculous since I was already planning to check out The Way Back on Saturday and The Hunt on Tuesday if I had nothing to do. The orange idiot is making matters worse by not only not doing his job, but he’s constantly lying out the outbreak, and he’s responsible for why the testing in the U.S. isn’t ready.
Everybody else is taking serious measures into canceling everything that holds major crowds of people, including Disney theme parks, talk shows, Broadway, the NCAA tournament, NBA, SXSW, and many other events. This is unlike anything we haven’t experience before, and it shows that we should take this pandemic seriously. Trust me when I say I’m not panicking, but I’m having anxiety about if this affects somebody I know, including those who are older in my family. All I hope for is that people who have it recover quickly, especially Tom Hanks and his wife, and just wanting there to be a vaccine so this can all be over quickly.
Since it might be a while for a new wide release to come out, this could be the best time to catch up on the movies I haven’t seen yet from the past year and plan some throwback reviews until all of this blows over. Around this weekend, I’ll be finishing up a new Throwback Session- Remember These Movies? and a new Trailer Catch-Up. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and be sure to wash your hands. Peace and love. Until then, I’ll leave you with what I was feeling Thursday.